It is hard to imagine trying to survive. At least for me it is because I’ve never been there. Well yes, I’ve been in a few accidents that brought me close to death, but when it was all said and done I never had to work at surviving. But to survive war and war under Hitler; I cannot even imagine it.
How did anyone survive the war with Hitler?
Reading true stories of Holocaust survivors is something I have loved to do for many years. I purposely try to read stories of Christians who survived the concentration camps.
It is amazing to read their testimonies of how they “made it through” and how the Lord sustained them.
It is amazing to read their stories of the hate that was thrust upon them, yet in return they were able to forgive and show the love of Christ.
As I read and try to put myself in their shoes, I realize it is only by God’s grace that anyone could survive and forgive and trust God that He knows best. Reading these stories also makes me realize how extremely blessed I am and how much gratitude I owe to my Lord and Savior.
Going through my own trials often brings memories of these stories and causes me to be thankful for the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon me.
A couple of my favorite books are
Rose’s Journey: A Christian in the Holocaust (Affiliate link)
The Hiding Place – The story of Corrie Ten Boom (Affiliate link)
The most recent book I read was one on the opposite side. It is a journey of a German girl who survived the war under Hitler. This too was an amazing story. Six million Jews were killed during the holocaust, but something I never knew is that four million Germans were also killed. Yes, the Jews are God’s chosen people, but the Lord loves all and He is no respector of persons. Every life is of value to Him no matter what nationality.
“When American bombs demolished her German town, Dorothea Wollin and her family found themselves on a journey of survival across Europe. This is a true story of a little girl’s quest for meaning in a dark world that led to faith in Christ, and to a freedom greater than that of country of politics.”
- Surviving Uncle Hitler – Journey of a German Girl (affiliate link)
- Author: Dorothea Wollin Null
“What I want most for my story to convey is that the Lord led me through the trials and tribulations of my life in order that I could find meaning, joy, and peace. Because I am approaching the end of my life, I want to inspire my readers to question their own choices, priorities and values in order to find peace with the Lord and joy in their hearts.”
Dorothea was seven in 1943. Her family grabbed a few things and fled just before their home was bombed to rubble. You could say that her childhood ended and struggling to survive was just beginning. Her life had one traumatic event after another, yet through it all she remained strong. She is truly an inspiration. It wasn’t until years later that she found Christ as her Savior. She does not give her testimony of how that happened in the book, but it truly would be great to hear.
War is a horrible thing! Until I read some actual accounts like this story, I really don’t know what all war entails. Reading her story makes me more aware of what could actually happen and even might happen in my own country one day. I pray the Lord will spare us.
But one thing I am sure of: One day all war will cease. The Lord will come back to claim His own and take those who know Him to live eternally with Him. Are you ready?
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